Building Afromerica:  fastest-growing migrant group may challenge America’s fraught race relations
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Building Afromerica: fastest-growing migrant group may challenge America’s fraught race relations

The Eritrean Cultural & Civic Centre in Washington, DC is housed in a modest building near the city’s convention centre. Despite its name, it is less of a centre and more of a bar and restaurant where Eritrean cab-drivers, students and pensioners chat politics and chow down on lamb stews served on spongy “injera” bread.

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D.C.-area Ethiopians say Obama trip to homeland will send wrong signal
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D.C.-area Ethiopians say Obama trip to homeland will send wrong signal

When Barack Obama entered the White House, many Ethio­pian immigrants in the Washington area cheered. When he gave a speech in Ghana in 2009, vowing to promote democracy and human rights across Africa, they were thrilled. But now that Obama will soon visit Ethi­o­pia, many members of the region’s largest African emigre group are up in arms.

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After losing parents to cancer, Ethiopian American preps for college
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After losing parents to cancer, Ethiopian American preps for college

When Semien Hagos filled out her college applications, she had to split her attention between preparing for her future and cherishing some of the last moments with her mother by her side. The Lake Highlands High School senior had known for 11 years this day would arrive. Her mother, Fantaye Asmelash, had Stage 4 ovarian cancer, with probably six months to live.

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